Sunday, December 16, 2012

Adsense Watchdog, Zombiestat, Vampirestat, Villainstat and Uglystat Blog Traffic

If you have a blog and check to see where the traffic to your blog originates, you may notice traffic from websites called Vampirestat.com, Adsensewatchdog.com, Villainstat.com, Uglystat.com and/or Zombiestat.com. First off, don't click on them to find out why they are sending you traffic.

Neither Adsensewatchdog, nor any of these others have anything whatsoever to do with Google or Google AdSense and are essentially spam sites that use automated traffic to blogs to attract clicks to their own sites from blog owners such as you. Once you're at their site, at a minimum, you'll be fed ads. At worst, you might fall victim to malevolent code that seeks to infect your computer with who knows what (although I haven't verified that these particular sites are seeking to plant anything on your machine).

Stay away. Traffic from these sites won't affect your standing with the real Adsense, so just ignore them.

Adsense Watchdog and the others can be traced to:

Protected Domain Services - Customer ID: NCR-3559746
P.O. Box 6197
Denver
CO
80206
US
Phone: +1.3037474010
Email Address: adsensewatchdog.com@protecteddomainservices.com

Which is just a company that holds domain names for anonymous clients. If the domain owner wishes to stay hidden behind such a firewall of anonymity, that's should be another red flag.

353 comments:

  1. Thanks for this information..... I fear I've already clicked on these places to see who the heck they are.... just damn! Is there any way to block these sites?

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    1. Firebird...you're not the only. I'm part that club. I just Googled Vampirestat and the first two entries on Google are articles about how it and others are spambots. Not good.

      The funny things is my SiteMeter stats counter doesn't acknowledge Vampirestat while my Blogger Dashboard counter does.

      I NOW know why the difference between the two numbers.

      I've tweeted this article to my Twitter account. Thanks.

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    2. I don't know if it's of any help, but they seem to monitor twitter for news of blogs. If you tweet about your blog, expect a visit from vampirestat

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    3. I created a new post and used Google crawler and then Google crawl URL for another blog. Vampire stat was all over it within a half hour, even before Google.

      Is there a possibility that Google uses this company as a way to increase traffic volume to charge advertisers a higher rate?



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    5. esse vampiristat já entrou no meu blog varias vezes e eu ñ sabia o que era ...cliquei uma vez e achei estranho tinha o endereço de vários outros site. obrigada pela dica!!!!

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    6. I used to have all my blog posts crawled almost instantly from GOOGLE, right after I published. Now it takes almost a week for it to appear on the internet, which is almost useless in today's medium.

      Anyone else have this problem?

      I don't use Adsense so is this a special preference for Google bloggers?

      Google would earn more money if their Adsense bloggers had an advantage in publishing before other bloggers.

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    8. After clicking on them I googled them and found this article... Thanks for the heads up. I thought that maybe my blog was already getting popular!!! Darn :(

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    9. I wish there was away to block them, but in blogger there isn't any thing you can do other than report their website to Google to get them removed from the Google index...but Im sure they don't care because the traffic is coming from there spam bot anyways.

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    10. This is a great article. Thanks for the info!

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    11. Nice to know. I already clicked, too. However, since I don't use Adsense, I don't see how I can be affected. They *do* seem to be boosting my rankings -- though unintentionally, I'm sure...

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    12. Vampirestat (which I've clicked) is not the worst. I have 135 visits this week from thetaoofbadass.pw, which seems to be a book about attracting women.

      Looking it up on Google, it looks like they have created dozens of 'review' sites to tout what a marvelous book it is -- anyone else getting them?

      Bob

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    13. Wow, I thought I was so popular, for about a minute. I googled and found this blog post, thank you for the information! I am among other duped bloggers. Yay! Bob, I have gotten the "thetaoofbadass.pw" a surprise for the eyes! I just started getting the Vampirestat & adsensewatchdog today. They were viewing any update I made W/I seconds. creepy. Thanks again for the warnings fellow bloggers! Page Kelley
      BaddHousekeeping.blogspot.com

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  2. Great, just when you think people are actually visiting your blog, you find out that, of course, they are not.

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    1. haha... I'm with you Andy.

      As Ray Bradbury said, "You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.”

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    2. What you said Mr D. Very informative blog btw Mr Author. Thanks

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    3. Sigh. I think you might be right.

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    4. Great...I should have known that no one else thought I was funny.

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    5. ShelleyJune 24, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      "Great...I should have known that no one else thought I was funny."

      Thanks for giving me my first laugh of the day at 1:51 a.m.!

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  3. thank you. i saw that on my sites too. thank you for this info.

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  5. Wow. Thanks for the update! And Andy, I thought the exact same thing!

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  6. Here's what I'm curious about... They "visit" the blog the minute I have a new post up. It's almost instantaneous.... How do they know? Have they planted code on my blog that I can't see? On my computer? Any insight? I edited an old post for a typo and they hit it. Then posted a new post and they hit again. Frustrating. I'm so new to all of this...just trying to learn. Thanks!

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    1. Good observation, Shannon. I have also noticed 4 other things: (1) the Audience locations include obscure places besides the U.S. and I have read that they are able to somehow redirect their point of origination. (2) Their visits to my sites occur at somewhat regular intervals (3) Their visits go to random pages (4) When I go back to pages that I have left idle and make edits, it attracts more hits from these varmints. So, since clicking on their links poses potential risks, why aren't they either illegal, blockable or, at the very least, highly regulated?

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    2. thanks, it seems like they're bots

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    3. I've wondered the same thing, Shannon. I've never clicked on their name, but I'm curious how they know each time I do anything on my blog?

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    4. I think they probably monitor (bot) blog update feeds...

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  7. Is there a way to block them from visiting your blog?

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    1. still waiting for a reply on this -

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    2. curious to know this as well.

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  8. I have some of the same questions; is there any way of blocking them from viewing my blog and will I be safe/protected as long as I don't click their link, which I haven't yet luckily.

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  9. I thought they were odd names to be accessing my craft blog. It is weird how they "know" when I put up a new post. Is there coding in my html that might tip them off or some other thing?

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  10. Hi, I don't know if you own this other blog or the author just copy your post. Either way, just wanna inform you that you have exactly the same post and title. Yours was published first.

    http://triczz.blogspot.com/2012/12/adsense-watchdog-zombiestat-vampirestat.html

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    1. Thank you Rasna. I have sent the thief a message asking them to remove the stolen copyrighted material from their blog. If no action results, then I'll inform Google of the violation. Google reserves the right to cancel accounts including Blogger and Adsense when its terms of service are violated.

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    2. No response or changes from the plagiarist, so I reported it to Google and the stolen page is gone.

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    3. If your intent in posting this was to provide useful information to bloggers, than why would it matter if someone copied the post? Wouldn't that just mean that more bloggers might be educated about the potential risks of these sites? It seems a little silly to care about who said what.

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    4. I make my living by writing. One source of my income is ad revenue from my blogs. When people steal what I have written, they get paid for my work through the ad revenue on their blogs. If someone wants to buy a blog post from me,that's fine, but using my owrk to take money out of my poscket and put it into their own is not cool - and it's illegal.

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    5. Good for you Bradley, and thank you for posting.

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    6. Likewise, I'm here to say good for you for getting your stolen work taken down.

      And think of it this way, Rev: You worked hard on something. IT'S YOUR WORK. Do you want others taking it and making money off it without your permission? You seriously didn't consider that?

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    7. Looks like he cut it in half and changed the title.

      http://triczz.blogspot.com/2013/01/adsense-watchdog-zombiestat-vampirestat.html

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    8. Hey Brad you are right this writing stuff isn't easy and this is how most of us on here make our money. I'm happy that you got him!

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  11. I have a feeling these are sites that use bots to monitor potential profits from posts than have a possibility to make cheesy lawyers and judges more $$$ in courts. Also bots that are maintaining content based firewalls, for the people that prefer their freedom of expression filtered.

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    1. interesting - explains the level of effort...

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  12. Thanks for this post, the fact that they hit right after I post/update kinda hinted that the sites were not legit, so thanks for the confirmation.

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  13. Yes, same here for my blog http://www.foodiefollies.blogspot.com
    What to do?
    Natacha Mannhart

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  15. Thanks for the information.
    I was relieved to know that is not only my blog that has this kind of problem.
    But I still have a question: why these site addresses appear in the Blogger statistics but not in Analytics data?

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  16. i am an idiot. before researching i had clicked on a few of the links from my computer. i got a really scary virus called BANKER.psw6. This is an identity theft trojan and is a BITCH to get rid of. This virus will also re-direct searches to volatile websites designed to steal more information from the user. Requires manually going into your registry to get rid of it, uninstalling/reinstalling browser and sometimes a reformat. Pretty sure Zombiestat was the culprit since I mostly use my computer for school, blogging and Facebook. I don't really use it to visit very many other sites. Very scary!

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    1. Any idea how to tell if your computer has the virus you are talking about? Unfortunately I clicked on it too.

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  17. I'm annoyed :(

    www.monicainheels.blogspot.com

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  18. Thanks, but crap, that means like no one is checking out my blog...

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    1. I know. I told my hubby I'd gotten 11 hits in one day. I figured that goggle somehow had my photos in their search engine because any post with a photo got multiple hits and the posts with text only, had two at the most.
      We should start a sympathy thread titled "Zombie's were visiting my Blog." and beg people to please visit....someone REAL. :)

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    2. One way of getting people to view your blog is by joining blog hops. Just Google it and I'm sure you'll find a few.

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    3. SC Jones, I immediately have tried to look at your blog but I am too stupid to find it. Larish thanks for posting your address.
      It Is Beautiful. You did that?
      Mine is earthrings.blogspot.com

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    4. Yeah I agree. I was like, "Oh this is great. I may not have many posts yet, but people are reading." Little did I realize...

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  19. i too have noticed these "watchdog sites appearing on my stats ass wel to my blog ...http://greenenterprise.blogspot.com/ ..... which is a general contracting website i made for my business oddly they seem to know when im updating also i would love to know how they know this any idea? glad you made this blog love the bookcases

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  20. Thanks for this info, the adsensewatchdog started appearing on my traffic info, last night glad I didn't click on that.

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  21. thanks, makes me sad. i thought that i was getting poular ;P jk

    http://talyouth.blogspot.com/

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    1. Looked at yours too. Man these are interesting!

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  22. Thank you so much for making others aware of this scam. I keep getting annoying pageview counts from them. I'm able to track my site more accurately with Google Analytics, though I'm still getting a hang for how to look at the data. Thanks again!

    http://my20hobbies.blogspot.com/

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  23. I have been researching this issue for a few weeks because the "stat" sites make up a low but consistent amount of traffic that adds up over time. On one blog, Google wound up tossing stat info for Adsense for a bunch of traffic, some of it spam while others, they, the blog authors, were not so sure. What way does Google have to know for Sure that certain traffic is or is not legit when making an Adsense determination? The authors of the blog I was reading said they had activity tossed by Google even though they felt like it was legit. It was basically up to Google to make the call, and they did. How do we know that the right call is being made? For sites that depend on revenue, how do we know that its not an effort by Google to keep from passing on real revenue? I wonder.

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  24. That sucks that they are just bots. I was hoping it was traffic to my newly made blog. But, since I still am very new to this, it does make me a little happy to see I got some (artificial) page views. Now, I'll have to wait patiently for the real thing.

    http://firsttimego.blogspot.com/

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  25. Thank! Glad I looked into this before clicking on them.

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  26. Damn. Gotta find a way to block them at an IP level so the count stops going up. That's so annoying.

    http://vidyaweekly.blogspot.com

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  27. I have been seeing these sites for a while now, and it hasn't really effected my traffic. I blog at least once a day and I get about 2 hits a day from one or more of those sites. Just an annoyance...

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  28. Now I'm curious if the pop-up ad at the bottom titled "Searching for what is zombiestat" is just going to lead me to another bad website!!

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    1. FYI, although I do have ads in text and served by Google on the pages of my blog, there are no pop-up ads on my site. If you're seeing a pop-up opening in a new window or tab when visiting this blog, perhaps you've been vicitmized by some adware from another source?

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    2. The ad I had pop up when I came here was from infolinks so I don't think it's a virus. I found this post on Google Groups, though. https://productforums.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/blogger/usoPeyTHARg/discussion[1-25-true] I didn't click on anything in my stats. Always search for something you don't know what it is before you click it. There are too many scammers out there who want to do harm your computer, steal your identity, spy on you, and so on. When you go where you don't know where online, you open doors to these people that you would not do in real life, with your home's front door. Knowledge is power, so always educate yourself.

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  29. thanks for the info. Is there way to check to see if they are copying our blog posting and putting it out there without clicking on thier sites?

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    1. You can always paste a string of words from your own blog post in quotation marks into a Google search box to see if it has been posted elsewhere. Choose something that would be unlikely to be found in other content. Remember, if someone uses a very brief (100 words) excerpt and links back to your original for those wanting to read more, that's generally a good thing for you. Copying the whole post or most of it with or without a link back is generally bad (and a copyright violation).

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    2. thanks for your help. will give it a try.

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    3. As a teacher I would use that trick to find copy and pasted material that students had in book reports.

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  30. If you're using Google Analytics for tracking your traffic, these instructions show you how to exclude traffics from specific domains / IP addresses...also useful for filtering out your own views - http://support.google.com/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1033162

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    1. Cool. I am going to try that, Bryan. Thanks!!

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  31. They've been hitting my blog too, although, it only seems to have occurred within the last month or two. Before that, it has seemed all my spam hits showed up as being from Russia.

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  32. Thanks for sharing this info. I have just recently seen vampirestat, zombiestat, and malwarecheck showing up in my blog traffic. And thanks, Bryan, I am going to try to get these domains blocked with Google Analytics. Kind of makes me wonder how they found my blog, what else they can see (if anything) that I'm doing on my computer, and if, once they start visiting, if they'll ever stop!

    Blogging: a full-time job in some form or another!

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  33. Do these sites figure on the data for my site - do they count as unique visitors?

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  34. At this point, 2 years into the blog, they only make up a small percentage of the traffic, so they're really just an annoyance now. But when I first started blogging, my laptop suddenly crashed from a virus. I only use it for blogging, FB, and Twitter, so I was at a loss to explain the origin. Now, I suspect one of those sites was the problem, because I'm pretty sure I did click on one or two of them trying to discover what they were. I also have a question. I get a few hits each month from domar.ru. Since my blog is not in Russian, is this another spam site?

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  35. Obrigada pela informação,por curiosidade acabei clicando nos link's: vampirestat e uglystat.Tinha também o zombiestat... por achar o nome estranho e as informações de estatísticas um pouco confusas,decidi fazer uma pesquisa para saber o que estes sites são.Não encontrei nenhuma página aqui do Brasil com informações a respeito... Somente o seu. Estou fazendo uma atualização com meu anti vírus,espero que não tenha acontecido nada...
    Agradeço pela informação!!

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  36. Thank you, just saw them show up! xxoo!

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  37. Thanks for the information! They are hitting my blog too and I've been wondering who they are. And they hit as soon as I make a new post. It's a relief that I'm not the only one experiencing it, though it's creepy!

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  38. Just started blogging this week, docsammons.blogspot.com, and discovered these weasels were hitting already. Before I found this blog, Bryan, I didn't click on them, but probably just as bad, I did a search for their site and entered my site info..such a newbie mistake in the techie world! Pray I squeak by without major damage! I did sign up for Google Analytics and did the filters you suggested (if correctly remains to be seen)...THANK YOU for your excellent info!!! Not that easy to find good advice on the web, I might add! Thx again!--Doc S

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  39. Ty for the infos, i´ll try to configure Google Analitycs at my blog. I didn´t click any of Zombie or Vamp. xo

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  40. Thanks for the info! I clicked on them a few times but nothing fishy has been going on with my computer yet and hopefully nothing will. :/

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  41. Thank you! I used to get those now and then, then they dropped off. But the last couple of days traffic to my blog has wowserly picked up AND these things have shown up in the traffic logs again. I never clicked on them because they look scary, but I did do a search and found YOU. Thanks for the advice!

    Kris

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  42. boooo! Very annoying indeed. At least we know what to dismiss now, thanks so much for the info! I had clicked on one but nothing happened thankfully!
    www.annecarneymedia.com

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  43. Thanks for the information. I almost clicked the link, but then I thought, "Hmm, do I really want to click on a site with 'vampire' in the title?" That's when I searched and found your blog. Thanks for helpin' a blogger out! :-)
    Also, the "pop-up" someone commented on is not a true pop-up, it is an infolinks ad.

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  44. I'm in the same boat as everyone else. I had a feeling that these frequent hits on my blog were not legitimate, however, I enjoyed the feeling they gave me that my blog is generating interest. I have clicked on them but, luckily, with no known negative outcomes so far. Now I'm going to try to block them with Google Analytics. I hope I can do it. This side of blogging is all new to me! I'm really glad I (finally) decided to research vampirestat and that your blog was here to answer me.

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  45. Crap! I've been clicking these stupid links for a very long time. Just tonight, I decided to "Google" it. Thank you for this post!!

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  46. Wow. So disappointed now. And here I was thinking people were actually checking out my site. Looks like I'll have to add google analytics to get these pesky hits off my site....

    Thanks for letting us know, even though I kind of wish I didn't know now...Ignorance is a happy state to live in :)


    sadieslifesustained.com

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  47. Same here...Is there any other option to get them of my blog?

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  48. I wondered why I was getting so much traffic but no comments. If they are 'spam', why is there never spam listed to clear when I check there?

    I also read a reply a ways back about a virus - is that possible from these guys?

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  49. The same happens to me, I get 10 visits on average per day... its annoying :S.. anything to block vampirestat traffic?

    movieclicktv.blogspot.com

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  50. I am glad to have confirmation of what I thought was happening. I took my website down because I didn't believe the 6000 hits a month. Now I run a blog that shot from 1 hit a day to over 30. I notice most of those come from the listed sites.

    I am not convinced anybody actually reads my blogs or views my websites. I ran a business site for a few years that generated no business and no phonecalls despite being optimized. I have the feeling that the internet is a huge red herring. I only read one blog because I know the guy that writes it. I look at certain websites - possibly half a dozen and no more. I don't buy online. I expect everybody else is the same.

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  51. I wonder if we can block them? I also wonder why so many people from Russia and India are visiting my blog. I hardly see how they would be interested in quilting, decorating and thrift stores.

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  52. Out of curiosity, I monetized my blog with adsense. Quite a different story with the stats. I have two blogs and both have the same adsense. Total hits according to blogger of 31 yesterday but only 2 counted by adsense and neither of those was a click on an advert.

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  53. Please, I need some help about it.

    Lately these sites are visiting my blog, and I'm afraid about it. What do I have to do to protect my blog now?

    Thank you!!!

    Juliana

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  55. Thanks for your article. Just a moment ago, while I was looking for where my blog's traffic comes from, I saw the website Vampirestat.com. Now I know that this kind of websites doesn't bring anything good.

    If would you like to visit my blog here is a link to de website: http://laguaridadelcurioso.blogspot.com.es/

    Sorry for my bad English, I am Spanish and I don't speak and write English as well as I would like =S.

    Best regards.

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  56. Great info. Wish I would have read this before I clicked on the links. So far no damage on my computer, but I'll be keeping my fingers crossed

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  57. Thank you for this info. I googled vampirestat.com and saw your blog about it. Thankful I didn't try to click their link first. Is there a way to remove them or block them?

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  58. I am very much difficulty, I guess I click on that site and found now I am in trouble.. whenever I post new article, I do not know why it automatically published 50 times and I can see the traffic is from vampirestat and adsensewatchdog.

    Anybody can help me out, it happened with me 5th time and it really damage my blog reputation

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  59. Does anyone wanna view my blog?

    Fanfiction2.blogspot.com

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  60. thank you this has helped me greatly- I too am a writer and find this terribly annoying...

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  61. http://support.google.com/analytics/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1033162

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  62. Sounds like we are all in the same boat.
    Rather deflating considering all the effort we put into our blogs only to find many of the hits are illegit.
    I searched vampirestat by chance and came up with your site. Glad I did. Thanks everyone for all the advice.

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  63. It doesn't matter how well optimized a website is. I just found I couldn't get the internet to work for me in a financially meaningful way - whatever I was selling. All this zombiestat stuff is, in my opinion, people trying to get hits onto websites. You see the adverts - pay $20 for 2,000 hits on your site. Sure - I can sit there and click a mouse on my own site too. They pay $20 and zombiestat does the work. Some little slimeball pockets $20 and the person that paid $20 finally realizes that his and visitors are not the same thing.

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  64. I also found the vampirestat AND bthemes on the page views..I went on the bthemes website one time and never downloaded anything and I an finding page views from them now too! I sent blogger feedback, and they do a screen capture of the stats page I was on and the complete css file shows to the right of it.I informed them that these sites are creating pageviews and asked how to block them. I made the mistake by clicking on the vampire link one also and it is a domains for sale type of site. For now until I here back from Blogger I have limited views to blogger users only.

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  65. I fell into the trap. I have a new blog and so many views are from vampirestat, and I click it, also I have a few views from bthemes.info.

    www.ofertasycuponesgratis.com

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  66. Same here peeps - vampirestate and bthemes - yet another example that someone is always ready to prey on the unsuspecting. Vampirestat can take a bite out of someone else, no more clicks from me. Great article, Sylvester. Thanks for the info.

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  67. I've been getting "hits" from both vampirestat & adsensewatchdog, I clicked on both of them and they are ad sites. Wish I could block them somehow.

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  68. Thank you so much! I did check before clicking and you apparently saved me from identity theft and also being disappointed.

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  69. This was very informative! Guess I don't have many "real" blog views then. :P

    (If anybody would care to give some out real views. . . www.penniesothoughts.blogspot.com. Thanks! :)

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  70. Thank you! I was about to click on vampirestat but thought maybe I'd do a bit of research before I did.

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  71. Very helpful information. Most of my traffic seems to be spam from vampirestats (sad but true). However, if I look at the "posts" options in Blogger, the views that appear next to each post are much smaller numbers and I suspect these views are the real deal. Am I correct?

    BTW, I wrote a post called "Is It All Spam? on my blog, palevanilla.blogspot.com There are no ads on my blog, just thoughts and musings.

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  72. So... I never clicked on anything, but now I have a virus or something on the computer I use for my blog. I am confused because the blog Isn't for profit- just for my own reference and anyone who likes to garden. :) But how did I get this virus? I don't use the computer for anything else and whenever I google anything about Blogger traffic sources, I am redirected to spam sites. (Including when I tried to click on this entry on the other computer.) I'm technologically illiterate, so any help is appreciated!

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    1. Do you have AVG or something other free anti-virus thing?
      Have a look for it on your computer (it might be there already) and run a whole computer scan (when you open AVG there's a button which says that), which should find any viruses and get rid of them for you.
      If you can't find it, google it and download it from the website (you might be redirected from the AVG website to CNET- don't worry, CNET is perfectly safe!) and then do the whole computer scan.

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  73. I should mention that it is ONLY when I google about Blogger traffic sources that I am redirected, which leads me to believe the two are connected.

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  74. Ugh I clicked on the vampire one DX good thing I have Norton. I am sending out a full scan. Is there no way to ban them?!

    theintrepidbookmoth.blogspot.com

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  75. Thank god I saw this. I would have clicked all of them otherwise ;P

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  76. Wow! Thanks for the information! Now I'm bummed out that my traffic numbers are a lie. Did anyone figure out how to block them?

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  77. Thanks for the heads up on this, it's very good to know and it seems you've potentially saved me from viruses/etc. Cheers!

    http://ramblingsofaneconomist.blogspot.co.uk/

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  78. Oh man, what a let down =( I knew all those views had to be bots, but for them to be that malicious is just annoying.

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  79. Hi! Denounce the attacker blogger.com site
    Please see the page. I found on google (in Portuguese). You can also search the official site in your country. A few months ago I received many visits a site in Russia. Denounced the blogger and solved my problem. A big hug and good luck!


    http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=pt-BR&answer=42577

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  80. My blog is getting nailed 50 hits a day for last 6 months. I read on other blogger sites just to ignore it . It has not stopped.

    Thanks for posting about Twitter I had not heard this till today while trying to find a way to block this unwanted traffic .

    There must be a way ..

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  81. thnx for the info, i was also wondering about vampirstat... since i have 50/day hit from them. now i know its just spam. thnx again.

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  82. Thanks for information. I find myself today about this site and I land here after I google it vampirestat word, fortunately.

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  83. Thanks, this is helpful.

    Has anyone been getting spammed with fake rayban and oakley sunglasses sites? Are those the same as Vampirestat, etc. or should I be more concerned?

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  84. Wow I just found this site since I've been getting some weird page views from russia and now Vampirestat. I did click the Vampirestat link and it had a search box where you could supposedly see how much your site was "worth." I didn't click the box but decided to search and your page came up.

    I don't think the page installed any malicious code onto my Macbook, but I will dig around. Thanks for the write up.

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  85. I just googled: Adsense Watchdog, Zombiestat, Vampirestat

    And found your blog along with a different blog with the exact same posting.
    kimberlinunmasked.blogspot.com/.../adsense-watchdog-zombiestat-vam...

    But thanks for the heads up. I was wondering why my blog, that I just created kept having visits from Vampirestat constantly. I'm glad I googled it.

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  86. This confirms my suspicions. What a bunch of blood suckers! Pun intended.

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  87. Sooo annoying!! How do I make them not be able to see my blog? I only want to know if real people are looking at it >:(

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  88. Infelizmente eu já cliquei trilhoes de vezes nesse link. E infelizmente é o site que amsi visit ameu blog. O que esse realemnte quer do meu blog.
    Todo meu pc está corrompido.

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  89. Hi, a friend of mine has these in his tags =/. I think he was hacked somehow, because every post he makes has the same tags--- =/ This can't be good. Do you know how to fix this? In blogger? I don't use blogger so it is hard to help.

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  90. Oh crap. I've clicked more than a few of these trying to figure out why they keep showing up in my Blogger dashboard thingy. I learned nothing, and may have picked up viruses too, dang it! Thanks for the info anyway; I found your blog while looking up the "stats" on search.

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  91. When I clicked on the link it sent me to a web appraisal engine. I looked at the value of two of my sites and they were both $8.95. One is a professional site that has been running for over 5 years and brings in 30-50 views from a specialized biotech niche market. The other site, unrelated to biotech, was started 3 days ago and fetched ~100 views to date. So it's hard to see why both should be appraised the same, down to the last penny. The robot probably doesn't work and it's there simply to attract traffic. Other than that, I have not had any problems yet with the site or malware originating from it.

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  92. I'm afraid I already clicked on the Vampire Stat one and I looked around at it a bit, what do I do? I'm worried, and kinda sad because it means at least half of my views are fake. :( doggenius.blogspot.ca

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  93. Since I couldn't find any way of creating a filter so these fake sites don't appear on my statistics, the only solution I can think of is to completely disregard the blogger stats and use Google Analytics, where I know I can create a filter...Anyone have a better idea?

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  94. Thanks for the information. I realised I had been getting a lot of that traffic source. I was actually about to click on it when I remembered a mistake one of my friends did when they clicked on a hyperlink, not a nice story. But I have a question: if this is a spam traffic source does it mean that the viewers from that traffic source are not real viewers? I just hope they stop.

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  95. Hah... Just had 11 hits from topblogstorys. Don't tell me that's somebody really looking at my blogs.... I have a hard enough time getting people to look at them anyway.

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  96. Thanks for this...I was a victim too...Just googled topblogstorys before hitting this site...didn't click this time...PHEW! lol I'm with Zephod...so frustrating when you are just starting out.

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  97. Thank you for information! But I saw it too later :-( Hope that I nothing take from vampire. Sorry for my English

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  98. BACAWK! (That's a cluck of frustration/exasperation.)

    Thanks for the helpful information!

    CLUCK! (That's a cluck of pure appreciation.)

    ~:> http://daytoncharitychicken.blogspot.com/

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  99. Referral spam has rendered Traffic sources and Audience data and, therefore, the entire Blogger Stats app, completely worthless. The sad thing about this is that Blogger could have been proactive and done something about referral spam and probably would have if Google had not punched its ticket.

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  100. I'm getting fake search traffic too
    the really interesting - 10 hits
    i was glad we pressed onto - 9 hits
    that i could incorporate 8 hits
    the color of the water 8 hits

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  101. It seems google are doing a terrible work with blogger's stats applet. Probably just to lead us to the Google Analytics pitfall.

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  102. Yup. Google Analytics aren't that great. I get 3 visitors a day according to that - across 2 blogs. On the othe rhand I use w3counter and get about 7 visitors a day.

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  103. I should have googled it first,and read this article before clicking on that stupid vampirestat. :( Thank You for your helpful info though, I hope didn't catch some weird bug!

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  104. Gracias por la información. Realmente estaba preocupado ya que he tenido una fuerte presencia de estos en mi sitio blog.

    Saludos

    Patricio

    http://directoriodemicros.blogspot.com

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  105. Thank you! My inflated flying high balloon, just burst and fell flat:) for a newbie blogger the stats were amazing! but the directing webpages did seem a bit "weird sounding". I checked, clicked, luckily my system was slow,nothing happened, Even a blog topic created out of boredom seemed to generate too much interest and in far reaching places! Hence the google search and the stopping by here!thank you! will continue my writing and not wonder why people hit upon it instantly:)

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  106. Thanks, this vampirestat always appear on my blog.

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  107. Over the last 4 months, these are regular hits with over 100 occurrances each

    yutoluho.m-13.us
    current.com
    vampirestat.com
    topblogstories.com
    yandex.ru

    I really don't know why Google doesn't just block them all.

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  108. I have two new ones hitting my blog, blogsrating.pw which is linked the the fat loss site flf-course.com that also shows up frequently, I also have a korean site vk.com.

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  109. For anyone interested, I started the blogging thing at squidoo.com where you can put up a free page as long as it adheres to their standards of completely unique content and not spammy. You can track traffic there and find none of this at their site. You have to learn basic html which is really no biggie, otherwise very simple to put a page together. There are other similar places like squidoo- weebly.com, zujava.com. Some of you might consider trying them out to see if your content will be approved over there. It's just another way around these hackers.

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  110. I had a bunch of spam hits from Vampirestat show up today. My blog never received much spam traffic until recently. Is there anything that could have triggered the sudden surge?

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  111. I just came here after googling under “Vampirestats.” I was so tempted to hit the link in my blog’s Google stats. Mucho hits from them today, something like 180.

    When you think about it, I suppose the name should make one suspicious. At least the mope behind it takes his irony supplements, even as he robs his victims of theirs.

    I had some terrible times with constant malware a few months back. I suspected the same thing kept reconstituting itself, like the assassin-bot in Terminator II. And my Symantec Norton 360, which I’d used for a couple of years and always kept up to date, was helpless before it. I couldn’t for the life of me find what the source was.

    I googled under my symptoms and was advised by certain help sites that the “social” function that lumps together reddit, Facebook, and other social media at blogspot blogs, is chock full of malware.

    I’d since been hit by amnesia, as to what the symptoms were, but The Garden Momma’s comment revived my memory: It’s called the “Google Re-Direct Virus” (and possibly other, similar names).

    Once I deleted the social function, my mal attacks diminished considerably. (At a price in hits, unfortunately.) I also switched from Norton to AVG, which seems to be much more up to date at fighting off Trojans, worms, the Google Re-direct Virus, and other sophisticated malware. (I hope I’m not hexing myself by saying that, not that I’m superstitious or anything!) Although things aren’t as bad as they once were, I’m still getting hit several times a day, and often at reputable Web sites, though I can’t recall any names offhand.

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  112. Thanks for the Update, really Good to know i didn't really hit on these sites :)


    Surut Shah
    www.surutshah.com

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  113. And here I actually thought I was building a fan base that anticipated my every post. I'm crushed! Oh, well. Everyone starts at the bottom in order to build their way to the top.

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  114. I run two blogs - one is more a travel blog that I update as and when. The other is a business blog that I update once a week and sit down to write multiple weeks worth of entries whenever.

    Neither seems to get much in the way of readers so I put adsense on them. I figure if I get readers I will get clicks. I get a few clicks a month but not many.

    Is it worth continuing? Probably not.

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  115. Thanks for this article. I tweeted about it as well. :-)

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  116. Thanks to Bradley and everyone who posted to his site. I have been getting blog traffic from Adsense Watchdog, Zombiestat, uglystat and the vampire.

    I am using Linux which provides some protection from the "Dark Side" but we won't be going down that road again.

    Cheers

    Mike Clarke

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  117. Woke up today to see several of these "traffic" sources. How annoying! Glad I didn't click on any of them. Thanks for the heads up. Hopefully they will stop.

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  118. Omg I wish I could've known about this blog! I just recently clicked on adsensewatchdog! I thought people were actually clicking on my blog ScrumptiousIngredients.blogspot.com, It showed that I was getting at least 100 hits a day. I just had this website up and running for about 2 weeks and its at 2,290 hits.
    :( .. hopefully nothing happens to my computer! this really sucks...
    Thanks for the info.

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    1. My computer slowed down considerably for the two weeks that I was getting a large number of hits from these sites (and had naively clicked on the back-link). I changed my blog's domain name and it went back to normal. *phew*

      Now I'm worried about viruses since there definitely seems to be a co-relation.

      Hope nothing happens to yours!

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  119. Let's all point our Karma at them and give them terminal cancer.

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  120. Awesome blog, you saved me some potential hassle. Thanks!

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  121. This above info is great, thank you! However, when I went to save it, there was a pop up that said "You are not allowed to save in this location. Would you like to save in documents instead?"

    What on earth does this mean...
    www.wovenstars.blogspot.ca

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  122. I recently clicked on vampirestat. I stumbled upon this post whike researching about adsensewatchdog. www.manilafresh.com

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  123. I saw it gave traffic. I clicked because I was thinking "What in the world is this?!" It is blocked by our computer security, thankfully.

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  124. I'm averaging 500 vampire hits per day on by blog site. It's only about 1% of my total hits but it's still annoying.

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    1. this is a new thing for me and I accidentally hit it!! I wonder if this is what the virus on my pc is? Its an revenue generating virus that opens a ton of banners and such in the background but you cant see them up and spikes my pc usage to 100%

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  125. thanks for this info. but i already click adsensewathdog for one time
    ohh noo :(

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  126. Thank you. After a few mistakes now if I see a site I don't know I google the name first and read articles like yours. We all just need to be a bit more clever than they are :-).

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  127. You guys saved me from not clicking the spammers' site. Thank you!!! =D

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  128. Thank you for this information!! I clicked on the vampirestat link in my stats page, and my TrendMicro blocked the site for me. Of course, I was then super curious. You saved me a lot of trouble!

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  129. So I clicked also on vampirestats, to see why I'm getting so many blog hits suddenly, most orginating now from Germany, says over 2000 a day, on average. I did find your post about them, then scanned my computer for malware. But the strange high number of hits continue, most from vampirestats. Prior to that, I got almost no blog traffic, in years of keeping a journal online. I think about the most all time one post got was 20 views, before. What does this mean? Is my computer infected now with something?

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  130. Unfortunately I already click vampirestat once. :(
    So what must I do now?
    I hate them! We hate them!

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